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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- In light of recent accidents related to shale exploration in Ohio, activists opposed to hydraulic fracturing and state control over the oil and gas industry say passage of a community bill of rights stands a good chance of passing this time around -- the fourth. "This is more than a bill against fracking," says Susie Beiersdorfer, a geologist and member of the Community Bill of Rights Committee. "It's about our local control and our right to decide what industry comes into our community."...

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Author:  Dan O'Brien YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- In light of recent accidents related to shale exploration in Ohio, activists opposed to hydraulic fracturing and state control over the oil and gas industry say passage of a community bill of rights stands a good chance of passing this time around -- the fourth. "This is more than a bill against fracking," says Susie Beiersdorfer, a geologist and member of the Community Bill of Rights Committee. "It's about our local control and our right to decide what industry comes into our community."...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Ben Lupo, the owner of Youngstown-based D&L Energy, today was sentenced to more than two years in prison for violating the Clean Water Act. Lupo was convicted of dumping fracking waste into a tributary of the Mahoning River. Lupo pleaded guilty earlier this year of one count of making an unpermitted discharge. Today U.S. District Judge Donald Nugent sentenced Lupo to 28 months in prison and fined him $25,000. The dumping took place between Nov. 1, 2012 and Jan. 31, 2013, according to court documents. “Clean air and fresh water is the birthright...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Author:  George Nelson YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Demolition of two downtown buildings will add 27 more parking spaces to the central business district here. Mary Coyne Investments Inc., Cleveland, which owns several downtown parking lots including ones adjacent to the two structures, this morning received approval from the city’s Design Review Committee to take down the structures. “You hate to see buildings go down in the business district, but in these cases” the structures are “in pretty bad repair,” said Walter Van Scoter, project...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

KENT, Ohio -- Vicki Haywood Doe, Ph.D., of Haywood Doe Consulting Co. LLC, Niles, has been appointed  diversity catalyst at the College of Education, Health and Human Services, the university announced Monday. Doe is the first person named to the newly created post. She will work on behalf of the college and its office of diversity outreach and development. Also during the 2014-2015 academic year, she will connect with disciplines within the college that fit her line of work. Doe, an alumna of Kent State’s exercise science/physiology program, is the president and CEO...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Cortland Banks and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corp. today announced a strategic collaboration to provide a mortgage loan program that will offer first mortgage financing on homes rehabilitated by YNDC in city neighborhoods. Cortland Banks has committed $300,000 to the program, which will assist prospective homebuyers who may not qualify for conventional loan products to secure mortgage financing with favorable terms, while furthering YNDC’s mission to bolster revitalization in strategic neighborhoods, officials said. “We are grateful...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Community Bill of Rights Committee says it has surpassed its goal of collecting enough signatures on petitions to add another fracking ban charter amendment to the November municipal ballot. Members of the committee and supporters will hold a news conference today outside for the official announcement and to offer remarks before delivering the petitions to the Youngstown Clerk of Council. Youngstown voters have again indicated via their petition signatures that they want to vote on whether to permit fracking within the city limits “...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Visitors to Mahoning County generated $751 million in business activity, directly and indirectly, in 2013, according to a study commissioned by TourismOhio. Mary Cusick, director of the state tourism agency, will outline economic impact of tourism across Ohio’s 32-county Appalachian Region, which includes Mahoning County, at a meeting Wednesday of members of Ohio’s Appalachian Country. Ohio’s Appalachian Country is a group of tourism-related entities that work together to market attractions in the 32-county region. Tomorrow’s meeting, hosted by...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Work is underway on Farmers National Bank’s newest branch office here, which is expected to open in late spring 2015. The new office is under construction at 210 West State St., directly across from the University of Mount Union. The Alliance branch, which will offer a comprehensive slate of financial services, will occupy space in the new Gateway Shopping Center. and expand Farmers’ presence in Stark County, the company says. The 2,000-square-foot building will feature nontraditional teller pods and a two-lane drive-thru area. “We are very pleased...

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- The net price of attending Eastern Gateway Community College is 48th lowest in the United States, according to newly released date from the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics. The net price at EGCC is $3,362, compared to the national average of $7,163 among all 1,200 public two-year institutions of higher education. Net price at Eastern Gateway is the second-lowest among two-year colleges in Ohio and lowest in its service district. Net price is calculated after scholarships and grant aid are applied and...

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